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Dave: You're listening to Bulletproof Radio with Dave [inaudible 00:00:15]. Today's cool fact of the day is that increased nature time leads to decreased behavior problems in kids. Who would've thought? Put kids outdoors. They stop complaining. Well, at least if they're not complaining about their iPad or lack thereof.
Dave: Recent research that just came out shows that spending time in nature has a bunch of different health benefits. Environmental programs around the world are trying to treat this nature deficit disorder, and the WHO, the World Health Organization is monitoring implementation of the [inaudible 00:00:48] commitment to providing every child with access to green spaces to play and exercise in within 300 meters. And now they're doing a new 16-parent questionnaire to measure connectedness to nature in very young children, and this is through the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong and also through the University of [inaudible 00:01:07], and what they found is that there's four areas that show whether kids are tied into their environment: Enjoyment of nature, empathy for nature, responsibility towards nature, and awareness of it.
Dave: And the results of the study showed that parents who saw their kids had a closer connection with nature had less distress, less hyperactivity and fewer behavior and emotional difficulties and improved pro-social behavior.
Dave: Well, it turns out it matters for you as well, but if you, like me, are a parent, and you can get your kids a dose of this stuff, you might actually have a much lowered stress and cortisol level yourself as a parent, and that's why I like to kick my kids outdoors every day for at least an hour even if it's raining. Rain makes you tough, right?
Dave: Today's guest is with Kindred Bio hacker, a guy who used to actually be a coaching client of mine years and years ago, and he's a lifestyle design expert who spent the last 20 plus years developing lifestyle-based powerful principles on health and spirituality, while allowing room for technology and urban living and things like that. And, he's also a motivational speaker, a [inaudible 00:02:21] yoga and meditation teacher, and host of the Life stylist Podcast, and if you've been a podcast consumer for a long time, you might have heard my interview on there, I think back in 2016, talking about Luke Storey. Welcome to the show.
Luke: Dave, it's good to be back on Skype with you. It's been a little while.
Dave: It has indeed. It's good to chat. We had you on Bulletproof Stories, our video in 2017, and I think just recently at the Bulletproof Labs in Sana Monica, you did a meditation class which was pretty cool, and you're always talking Bulletproof, and I see you on social which is awesome.
Luke: Yeah, I'm a convert, dude. I mean, that's the thing is when I find something that works, I talk about it, and Bulletproof has been one of those things for me.
Dave: You've always been at the Bulletproof conferences. You coming to the one this year in April?
Luke: Oh hell yeah. Of course.
Dave: All right. And I'm really hoping that we get to see Luke, probably hanging upside down from a rope in an advanced yoga posture or something.
Luke: Something like that.
Dave: Is that the plan.
Luke: Yeah, out front with my shirt off doing breath work, something to get myself lively.
Dave: I think that's a good plan.
Dave: Let's talk about lively, Luke. You do a lot things to maintain your energy. I mean, you and I spent some substantial time talking when you were first getting going back when I think you were doing the Story of Style was your original thing. You were talking about how you came out of that side, and how you've had a mindful waking up for lack of a better word.
Dave: What made you go from more style focused to like hey, there's something deeper? W hat was the transition?
Luke: Well, you know, it's funny, Dave. I've had kind of a double life the whole time I've lived in Hollywood. I moved here in 1989 when I was 19 years old, and as a kid, I had a very dysfunctional family, experienced a lot of trauma, a lot of issues with addictions and things like that, so I split home when I was 19 and moved to Hollywood to be a rock star, and frankly, to do drugs freely without parental interference.
Luke: So, by the time I was 26, I had pretty much burned my entire life down, and at that point, I started really getting into health and spirituality. And back then, health was ... You had infrared saunas. You had smoothies at the health food store with bee pollen and bananas. Giant carrot juices. Like the early days. Making [inaudible 00:04:45]. Stuff like that. [inaudible 00:04:48] The things that were big in the 90s in the health scene.
Luke: So I got in to all of that to detox my body from all of the self destructive Hollywood rock and roll lifestyle that I had been living, and then started getting into meditation and reading spiritual books and all of that, but what I did for a career in addition to playing music not that successfully, financially at least, is I began a fashion stylist. So, at 26, I sobered up. My first job, after I had this kind of awakening and was rendered, thankfully sober, my first job was working for Aerosmith's fashion stylist.
Luke: And so, I'm this kid who's had all these problems with drugs and stuff. I get sober, and as fate would have it, I get hired by Aerosmith who were also sober at that time, and so there was this synergy there, and so I started to really live this spiritual life and be all
into the health stuff, but was totally catapulted into the Hollywood machine and started working with celebrities and things like that, and so I did that for 17 years, actually just dressing rock stars, celebrities and working in the Hollywood company town machine, but in my off time, I wasn't really interested in much of that at all.
Luke: In my off time, I was going to India to learn how to meditate and train, every kind of supplementation and bio hacking device and all of the things that you and I are in to, and then 10 years ago started my fashion school called School of Style which I still own and operate now. It's an online business.
Luke: It's like I would turn my friends on to all these practices, and we'd all be detoxing and learning all these strange types of yoga and doing all that stuff, but then my day job was back to Mr. Fashion, Mr. Hollywood, so three years ago, when we were doing coaching and I was wanting to exist that industry because it was very unhealthy, and also I just had kind of lost my passion for it. I made a decision to just shut that down with the exception of my school and move into this space, and now it's been three years or so that this has kind of really taken off with the podcast as the catalyst and then doing, as you said, a lot of public speaking events and things like that, and so it's like, for me, I've been doing this the whole time for the past 22 plus years, but to other people on the outside, it appears like, "Oh wow, so you just kind of came out of nowhere three years ago." But this has always been my deepest passion just because my life has been transformed so much by all of these different practices and modalities and all that.
Dave: One of the reasons I wanted a name for bio hacking ... You know, I'm sure, it's in Merriam Websters finally as a real word in the English language, but I wanted a definition and a word for the community. That's why I started the conference six years, is that there were people, like me, usually from different arms of bio hacking. There's the people really focused on the brain or on nootropics or extreme athletes or cold or whatever hyperbaric, but there was no clearing house. There was no community. What would happen if you took a nootropic and you're in hyperbaric right after using cold therapy with a red light in your nostril 'cause it turns out, it's additive. It's cool that you, as someone who's early to doing that, joined into the community and that we have a name for what we do now because before you were just a weird dude, and you're like, "Do I talk about this, or do I not talk about this?"
Luke: Totally. Well, that's the thing. Back when I got into all this stuff you were just called a health nuts. My friends would ask me, "What are you eating?" And I'd be eating some strange herb or medicinal mushroom. "Oh, you're one of those health nuts." Or, using some bio hacking technology or alternative medicine, [inaudible 00:08:26] machine, something like that, and people would be like, "Oh, you're a health nut." And that wasn't a very appealing word, so yeah, I'm very grateful that you actually coined that term and put it out there.
Dave: It's kind of like the modern equivalent of vegan.
Luke: Yeah, exactly. It is good that there's actually something to call it now, and also, I think something I talked about at Upgrade Labs recently is I did one talk that was all about water, actually, about just procuring spring water, and I'm such a water fanatic, so that
was one talk, but then I did one, as you said, kind of on meditation and mindfulness, and to me, all of the physical practices have been just a catalyst for me to really strengthen the vehicle of the body to my real work and my mission here, and I think that's something we share. You've expressed that at times in the past where the health stuff is great, but that's not going to give you necessarily lasting fulfillment, but if you have no energy, and your mitochondria ar